Daniel O'Connell

Daniel O'Connell (1775 - 1847)

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Daniel "The Emancipator" O'Connell
Born in Cahirciveen, County Kerry, Irelandmap
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Husband of — married 23 Jun 1802 in Dublin, Irelandmap
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Died in Genoa, Italymap
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Daniel O'Connell was born on August 06, 1775 in Cahirciveen, County Kerry, Ireland.[1] His parents were Morgan O'Connell and Catherine O'Mullane.[2] He married Mary O'Connell on June 23, 1802 (his third cousin), daughter of Thomas O'Connell and Ellen Tuohy,[3] Together they had 8 known children: all the sons were members of Parliament:[4]Another sources said The couple had eleven children born to them, though only seven survived (four sons and three daughters). [5]

  1. Maurice O'Connell[6]
  2. Morgan O'Connell b 1804[7]
  3. Ellen O'Connell[8]
  4. Catherine b 1808 married Charles O'Connell of Iveragh and Ballynablown, county Kerry.
  5. Elizabeth b 1810 married Nicholas Joseph ffrench of ffrench Lawn, county Roscommon
  6. John O'Connell[9]
  7. Daniel O'Connell[10]
  8. Rickarda O’Connell b 1815[11]

He died on May 15, 1847 in Genoa, Italy[12]

O'Connell was born at Carhan House, a mile north of the small town of Cahirciveen, [13] County Kerry, to the O'Connells of Derrynane, a once-wealthy Roman Catholic family, that had been dispossessed of its lands. Among his uncles was Daniel Charles, Count O'Connell, an officer in the Irish Brigades of the French Army. A famous aunt was Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill, while Sir James O'Connell, 1st Baronet, was his younger brother. He was educated under the patronage of his wealthy bachelor uncle Maurice "Hunting Cap" O'Connell.

He had formed an early attachment to a distant cousin, Miss Mary O'Connell, of Tralee; but his uncle Maurice was bent on the rising hope of the family his adopted heir marrying " a fortune." The lovers were, therefore, obliged to conceal their attachment for a considerable time ; but at last, "were married on 23 June 1802 in Dame St, Dublin in the house of Miss O'Connell,s brother-in-law Mr James Connor by Rev Mr Finn, then parish priest of Irishtown." [14]

This marriage, which O'Connell of Derrynane never quite forgave, caused some, though not an entire, change in the disposition of his property. [15] The couple had eleven children born to them, though only seven survived (four sons and three daughters). [16]

Daniel O'Connell, was often referred to as The Liberator or The Emancipator, was an Irish political leader in the first half of the 19th century. He campaigned for Catholic Emancipation—including the right for Catholics to sit in the Westminster Parliament, denied for over 100 years—and repeal of the Act of Union which combined Great Britain and Ireland.

Daniel was born about 1775. He died 15/05/1847 in Genova, Italy


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  4. Daniel O'Connell, Wikipedia, accessed 27 Jan 2016.
  5. Clare County Library, accessed 27 Jan 2016.
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  13. "The Liberator - Daniel O'Connell and the Irish Party 1830-1847" by Angus Macintyre publ 1965 p 1
  14. "Life of Daniel O'Connell, the liberator : his times - political, social, and religious" by Mary Francis Cusack publ 1872 p 267 https://archive.org/details/lifeofdanielocon00cusauoft/page/273
  15. The Irish, Its nation, Its biography, accessed 27 Jan 2016.
  16. Clare County Library, accessed 27 Jan 2016.

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I have had my dna done. My gt gt grandmother Mary Catherine is supposed to be his niece. Her father was we think John but we cant prove her parents. She had a baby before marriage so was she written out Of the family records. Did her father have children on the Wrong side of the blanker? We may never know. lindajamesnew@gmail.com
posted by Linda Monaghan
O'connell-2039 and O'Connell-837 appear to represent the same person because: Daniel O'Connell and his wife Mary are both duplicated here. They either need to be merged and the children detached, or the details of the "real" Daniel and Mary need to be removed from the newer profiles.
posted by John Falvey
Daniel O'Connell-2291 profile created as father of Dorenda (O'connell) McCrohon O'connell-19. Who can remove the marriage link of Mariae (Unknown) O’Connell Unknown-471444 from Daniel O'Connell (1775 - 1847) O'Connell-837 ??
posted by Sheila x
Here is the FTDNA Project surname project where you can find yDNA testers DNA Results
If anyone knows of a descendant of Daniel O'Connell "The Liberator" or a descendant of his wife please let me know. Perhaps it can be arranged for one of them to take a DNA test so that I can confirm whether or not I am related. Thank you!
posted by James Rottman

Daniel is 22 degrees from Claire Nava, 22 degrees from Levi Strauss and 14 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.